“In New York he was kind of giving up”
Do you remember the first time you heard Mahler’s music?
Gilbert: I couldn’t swear that it was the first time I heard his music, but my first memory of Mahler is very clear. I was nine years old and my parents decided that it was time for me to hear all the symphonies of Mahler. The New York Philharmonic was playing a Mahler festival in Carnegie Hall, I think it was in September or October of 1976. They bought me a ticket and I heard all of his symphonies. I think the first one was the 5th and – maybe because it was the first or maybe because there was this incedible trumpet solo that really struck my nine-year-old fancy – that’s the one that stayed with me. But I did hear all the symphonies.